Eddie Hearn has claimed that Tyson Fury is demanding ‘too much money’ in negotiations for a unification bout against Oleksandr Usyk.
An undisputed heavyweight title fight between the Brit and Ukrainian has been touted for many months now, yet there is still no official confirmation over the bout.
Fellow promoter Frank Warren suggested this week the ‘pot’ may not be enough to tempt the ‘Gypsy King’ into a bout with Usyk and now Hearn has taken aim at Fury.
Speaking to IFL TV, Hearn said: I will tell you this. Anthony Joshua fought Usyk back-to-back, no f***ing problems. No questions, no long negotiations.
He said, that’s my mandatory, I’ll fight him. Everyone said swerve Usyk. They said he’s a tough fight, you don’t want to want to fight him. But, AJ said no.
Tyson Fury (L) and Oleksandr Usyk’s potential undisputed heavyweight title fight is in jeopardy
Eddie Hearn ripped into the ‘Gypsy King’ for financial demands made in the negotiations
‘He said I want to be undisputed, give me Usyk. Done. Then the rematch came in and people said you don’t want to fight Usyk before having a warm-up fight. But, he said no and it was done.
‘When are you guys out there going to start understanding? “It’s not about the money” “I’ll fight him for free” “As long as the tickets are free for the general public”.
‘F*** off. You want money. You want too much money. You’re not the draw you think you are. That fight’s not as big as you think it is.
‘Everyone talks about big fights in the Middle East for heavyweight world championships but guess what, there is only person that has delivered big fights in the middle east and that is Moi.
‘Right, three fights. Three world heavyweight championships. Two in Saudi Arabia and also the big card in Abu Dhabi as well. He’s all about greed.
‘If you are about legacy and you want to be undisputed, then you take the fight. So you’ll get £50m or £60m instead of the £80m or £100m or £125m that you asked for.
‘F*** me. You’ve all been played for all these years. But, concentrate on one thing. April 1st. The O2 Arena. AJ is back against Jermaine Franklin.
‘He’s never ducked from anybody. He’s always wanted the fights. Fought all these people in progression. Never told Porky Pies.
‘Never went on social media and said I am going to give all my money away. F*** right off. Get behind Anthony Joshua.’
When asked whether he thought the fight between Fury and Usyk would actually happen, Hearn said: ‘I mean, maybe!
Boxing fans across the world are eager for a deal to be struck between Fury – the current occupant of the WBC title – and Usyk – the current occupant of the WBA, WBO and IBF belts
Hearn says Fury is the issue and reference how easy it was to arrange AJ’s fights with Usyk
‘If you really want the fight. You have to make concessions. Fury has a point that he is the bigger draw but I will tell you something now.
‘When Tyson Fury drew with Wilder and he didn’t have a world championship belt, we offered him 60/40 to fight Anthony Joshua as a voluntary challenger. Not as a mandatory challenger.
‘But, he came back and said he would only fight at 50/50. At the time, AJ was the much bigger draw. He was the unified heavyweight world champion and Tyson Fury had no belts. The fight didn’t happen.
‘Fury is worth more than 50/50 in this fight but if you want to be the first undisputed heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis then you take 50/50.
‘If Oleksandr Usyk is a little middleweight and no good then it’s easy money. But he knows how good Usyk is.
‘When are you gonna f***ing wake up. It ain’t about legacy. Some people care about legacy and some people don’t care about legacy. I care about legacy.’
The mouth-watering clash between Fury and Usyk has had fans on tenterhooks for months however the recent rumblings have suggested a breakdown in communication between the parties.
And Hearn isn’t the only getting frustrated by the hold-up in negotiations, as Warren similarly suggested that financial demands were obstructing the fight.
He told talkSPORT: ‘We’re still none the wiser. You need the agreement of both boxers to make it happen and at the moment we haven’t got that.
‘I have a pot and can only pay what’s in it. If it’s not enough money, then it won’t happen.’
‘Out of courtesy I’m telling you where we are, but I’m not going to be conducting negotiations at the moment they’re confidential between the two parties.
‘But, I would say it’s not going to go past the end of this week that’s for sure because the proposed date is April 29.’
The winner of the fight would become boxing’s first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000.
Usyk was the undisputed cruiserweight champion until 2019, but vacated the titles in order to fight as a heavyweight.